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Best Italian Wedding Destinations

Well known as being one of the most romantic countries in the world in which to get married, Italy has so many exquisite wedding locations that whatever the type of ceremony you'd like, you're bound to find the right location for you.

From picturesque restaurants with views of the coastline, to sumptuous historic villas and castles; from boutique hotels set in the rolling hills of Tuscany and Umbria, to smart city hotels; from luxury wedding venues with no expense spared, to simple rustic hotels and local food, the choice is immense.

Below are just some of the best Italian wedding destinations we've found in this gorgeous country.

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Tuscany

Let's start with the beauty of Tuscany. A popular holiday choice, with plenty of stunning wedding locations and venues.

Villas. Getting married in an Italian villa is a classic choice, with some having been the residence of Italian nobility or even of former royals. Most are set in beautifully kept grounds where you can entertain your guests after the ceremony, and many have grand rooms with original features, frescos and intricate detailing. The history of these villas is usually fascinating, but they have all the modern comforts you would expect as well.





Hotel. If a villa isn't quite right for you there's always a hotel nearby with an enchanting view where you can marry surrounded by your loved ones looking out over the countryside. From 5 star deluxe to simple local hotels, Tuscany has a plethora of choice, and best of all, pretty much anywhere you choose isn't far from the famous Tuscan cities of Lucca, Pisa and Florence for some pre-wedding nightlife.





Wedding Planner. Whether you decide to use a wedding planner at your chosen venue, or choose a planner first and find a venue via their contacts, Tuscan wedding planners are some of the busiest in the country so make sure you book well ahead! Although many couples choose to get married abroad to save money, you can also easily have a luxurious wedding in Tuscany and there are plenty of planners here who can help. So if a 5 star wedding is on the cards Tuscany is one of the best places to hold the ceremony.





Venice

Probably the most famous Italian city in the world, Venice does not disappoint if you choose to marry here. Arriving at your ceremony in a gondola is a must, as is having your photo taken with a view of Piazza San Marco behind you. Venice itself is magical regardless of the time of year you marry, particularly if you don't marry in summer as the city is much quieter and has a more intimate feel out of season. Choose a local Venetian wedding planner to unlock the secrets of this multi-layered city and find the right wedding venue for you.





Italian Lakes

The northern Italian lakes of Garda, Como, Maggiore and Orta each have an individual beauty of their own. Lake Garda is the most visited and busy of the lakes, but for good reason as it's a wonderful wedding location. Como and Maggiore are quieter but equally beautiful with breathtaking views of the mountains surrounding them. Lake Orta is much smaller and less touristy, but ideal if you'd like a truly authentic Italian wedding experience. whichever you choose you'll have a gorgeous ceremony by the lake.

Umbria

Not as well known as its northern neighbour Tuscany, Umbria is just as beautiful but a lot quieter. St Valentine was from here, so holding your wedding in the region can only be a good thing! It's also known as the green heart of Italy due to its location in the centre of the country and its verdant scenery. Full of history, Umbria's pretty countryside is perfect if you'd like a rustic wedding venue - perhaps in a hilltop village overlooking the countryside with a reception complete with local cuisine and wine?



Rome

Famous capital and city of lovers, Rome's 3000 years' of history can be seen everywhere but merges beautifully with modern everyday life. If you marry here you'll be surrounded by famous sites, delicious food, incredible art and the day to day buzz of a capital city. Wedding venues are plentiful although not usually cheap, so as long as you're looking for a city ceremony and don't have a miniscule budget you'll be spoilt for choice.



Southern Italy

The south is not as well known as the north of Italy, but if you're looking for a unique wedding location then have a look here as you're more likely to find a venue others in your circle may not have discovered. Calabria, the "toe" of Italy is one place where you can find such wedding venues, some overlooking the Mediterranean sea, others located in hidden medieval towns. Or perhaps think of Sicily, an island where you can marry at an ancient temple? The south of Italy has everything the north has, but with a quieter feel.